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ERIC Number: EJ1162184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Review of Bruce Horner, Brice Nordquist, and Susan M. Ryan's "Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition"
Composition Forum, v37 Fall 2017
In 2012, Bruce Horner guest edited a special issue of "JAC" focused on "Economies of Writing" ("JAC" n3-4 p453-778 2012). In his introduction, he explains that the included essays originated from an October 2011 symposium at the University of Louisville, held in preparation for the similarly-themed 2012 Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. The symposium, "JAC" issue, and subsequent conference raised questions and generated discussion over, in part, the relationships between economies and writing, the values assigned to the work, and the possibilities for change within these systems. Now, Horner and co-editors Brice Nordquist and Susan M. Ryan have continued these important discussions with a new set of authors in their 2017 collection, "Economies of Writing: Revaluations in Rhetoric and Composition" ("JAC" n3-4 p407-795). This collection highlights how economies--"the" economy, our economies, the economic, broadly--inform and permeate all that those in the profession do. In demonstrating this ubiquity, the editors posit that "the economy" is not "a predictable, all-powerful monolith," nor is it "neutral, self-producing, or self-sustaining"; rather, the economic must be understood as political. Economies inform and are informed by institutions, pedagogies, language, media, and public spheres. The economies educators work within both shape and are sustained by ideologies and practices. Addressing topics that range from Pierre Bourdieu's 1977 "The Economics of Linguistic Exchanges" to more recent discussions of circulation and transfer, this collection reveals the intricate valuative systems that define the profession.
Descriptors: Review (Reexamination), Rhetoric, Writing (Composition), Predictor Variables, Economic Impact, Educational Practices
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